At a glance:
- Author: Thomas Mann
- First Published: 1924
- Type of Work: Novel
- Genres: Long fiction, Philosophical realism
- Subjects: Self-discovery, Love or romance, Suicide, Extrasensory perception or powers, 1910's, Spiritual life or spirituality, Medicine, Catholics or Catholic Church, Life, philosophy of, Gossip, Tuberculosis, Duels or dueling, Hospitals, Switzerland or Swiss people, Resorts or spas
- Locales: Davos, Switzerland
Although grounded in a specific time and place--the years preceding World War I at Davos-Platz in the Swiss Alps--this novel has a quality of being timeless and not of this world. The setting is strange--a sanatorium for the tubercular in a town with a healthy but unpredictable climate. Also, because patients go there presumably to recover but basically to kill time in a world withdrawn from the pressures of real life, time moves differently, becoming a kind of eternity.
When Hans Castorp, the dreamy young German protagonist, arrives to visit his cousin Joachim, a matter-of-fact...
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